MOSCOW, September 30 (Itar-Tass) —— The QuetzSat-1 telecommunications satellite was put at 7.45 a.m. Moscow time on Friday on the transfer orbit after the launch of the booster Proton-M with the upper stage rocket Briz-M from the Baikonur spaceport on Thursday, the press service of the Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) told Itar-Tass on Friday.
“The launch vehicle Proton-M with the upper stage rocket Briz-M was launched at 10.32 p.m. Moscow time on Thursday and the upper stage rocket Briz-M separated at 10.41 p.m. Moscow time from the booster,” the press service said. “The telecommunications satellite QuetzSat-1 was put at 7.45 a.m. Moscow time on the transfer orbit,” the press service reported.
According to the US company International Launch Services, the launch was made in interests of one of the largest world suppliers of telecommunications services – the SES Corporation.
The new satellite with a weight of 5.5 tonnes was designed by the California-based company Space Systems. The satellite is designed for digital television broadcasting in Mexico, North America and Central America. Its service life is estimated at 15 years.
Some 18 satellites were already orbited by the Proton booster on the SES orders. The orbital group of this corporation, which is registered in Luxemburg, reached 45 satellites.
The pre-launch works of boosters Proton-M with the upper stage rockets Briz-M were banned from August 18 to 30, because the failure to put the Express-AM4 satellite into orbit should have been investigated. Since September 21 the launches of boosters Proton-M were resumed.